Use of customized access control solutions to improve the safety of rail traffic

Catherine Laug, Marketing Group Leader at Locken, sheds light on the security challenges in rail transport and explains how tailor-made access control solutions can help mitigate them.

What are the main concerns regarding security and access control in rail transport?

The transport sector is vulnerable to security risks, especially for railways and rail lines. The top priority is to ward off malicious intrusions and potentially devastating consequences.

The sheer size of the infrastructure in this industry is much larger than any other. Hundreds of kilometers of fences along railroad lines and thousands of gates require a high level of protection. However, one of the most important rail transport infrastructures is more than kilometers of fences along a railway line. They also consist of substations, technical equipment (elevators, ventilation systems, pumps, etc.) and tunnel shafts for ventilation purposes. These outdoor facilities are exposed to our ever-changing weather conditions, be it extreme sunshine, snow, or rain, and they can sometimes be far removed from the power grid, as in the case of railroad tunnels. This exposes them to the risk of corrosion and intrusion.

Another challenge is dealing with unforeseen events such as fires and passenger accidents. It is important that the emergency services can reach the scene of the incident unhindered if necessary.

What are the access control requirements?

All areas within the rail infrastructure require tailor-made access control solutions that meet the requirements of each location and user.

Given the complexity of the infrastructure, which is made up of sprawling or isolated sites, including tunnels and emergency exits, locks without cables are mandatory. Easy installation and minimal maintenance are also required. This means that the keys must provide the required performance and access rights for the cylinder.

Because quality of service is a concern, a seamless, standardized access control solution is required so maintenance companies and employees can easily access the right place at the right time.

How does Locken work with the rail industry to overcome challenges?

We offer a tailored approach to working with all industries to meet the unique needs of each organization and business sector. We strive to deliver the best solution based on our state of the art access management software and the latest generation electronic induction key. This non-contact technology allows the cylinders to open instantly and offers unmatched durability. The cylinders are also compatible with mechanical locks which can come in handy when accessing less sensitive areas. A single electronic key with the necessary access rights can open a large number of locks and replace cumbersome bundles of keys. This frees technicians from opening gates or moving between locations.

How flexible is the Locken electronic access control solution?

All keys are controlled by the same software and managers can configure each key precisely based on the user. All openings or attempted break-ins are logged in the memory of the electronic key and sent to the central software.

The Bluetooth version of the key offers even better control, as the access rights can also be updated on site with a smartphone and the mobile MyLocken app. This approach is linked to increasingly stringent security guidelines.

How do you ensure the reliability and robustness of the solution?

Our electronic key has protection class IP 66-67-68-69, which means that it protects against the ingress of foreign bodies and pressurized water jets and is particularly robust in moisture, rain and dust. The state-of-the-art contactless induction technology prevents poor communication due to corrosion.

The cylinders are certified according to CEN 1303, which guarantees their resistance to drilling and vandalism.

How does the solution deal with unforeseen events such as fires and passenger accidents?

The electronic access control solution is supplied with a security key that is configured with unlimited rights. This gives the fire brigade and police access to all areas around the clock without having to update the access rights.

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